Applicants to the M.A. Art History program must submit an application to the Graduate School and satisfy both the basic graduate school requirements for admission into a master's program and the department-specific requirements. Please review the Graduate School’s minimum admissions requirements, and prepare your supporting documents before beginning your application. You will need to upload and submit all of the documents at the same time. For detailed information about the MA in Art History degree please review the University Catalog and the Art History Graduate Handbook.
We offer full funding to our MA students, for the two-year program.
It is important to indicate within your application an art history faculty member with whom you would primarily like to work during your time at CU Boulder, based on your research interests. This faculty member will help mentor you and guide you through the comprehensive exams and written thesis.
MA Application Information
- Domestic applicants: January 3
- International applicants: December 1
*Applications received after the deadline and/or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Bachelor's degree from an approved university or college, with a minimum 3.0 GPA and extensive background in art history
Required Application Materials
We offer full funding to our MA students, for the full two-year program.
Graduate Assistant (GA) and Teaching Assistants (TA)
- TAs teach 3 recitation sections of “Global Art and Visual Culture” and “U.S. Art Across Cultures,” large introductory art history courses
- GAs provide assistance in the department (e.g. the Visual Resources Center)
Each of these types of appointments comes with a salary, 5 (GA) or 9+ (TA) credit hours of tuition remission per semester, and 80% health insurance premium through CU Boulder. There is no separate application form for departmental support, but applicants are encouraged to express their interest in GA or TA appointments in their statement of purpose accompanying the application. Decisions regarding departmental support are made at the time of admission. Non-departmental financial aid at CU Boulder is handled through the Office of Financial Aid.
Questions about requirements may be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies in art history, the student’s faculty advisor, or the graduate program coordinator.
- Annette de Stecher, Director of Graduate Studies for Art History
- Graduate Program, email@example.com
Registration: You can enroll in classes through MyCUInfo and by using the class search tool during your assigned enrollment appointment. You will be notified by email of your enrollment appointment. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates and deadlines.
Viewing Your Enrollment Period: Click Your Enrollment Dates in MyCUInfo. The Enrollment Appointments table lists your appointment begin time, appointment end time, and the maximum number of units in which you may enroll. Students who do not register by the third Friday in the fall or spring semester are assessed a $100 late- registration fee.
Adding and Dropping Courses After Registration: Students may add and/or drop courses through MyCUInfo, without penalty, during the drop/add period (i.e., at the beginning of each semester). Students will not be charged tuition for courses dropped during this time, and dropped courses do not appear on their transcript. After the last day to add a class in MyCUInfo, all added classes require the instructor’s signature on a Special Action Form (available at the instructor’s home department). Instructors usually only approve an added course for students who have been attending regularly in a class with space available.
Leaves of Absence: Students are allowed four years to complete the two-year degree program. Students who must interrupt studies for a compelling reason—i.e., a medical condition—may be granted a leave of absence. Please see further information on leaves of absence. If you are already an employee of the University of Colorado, you may be eligible for the Employee Tuition Benefit.
For all general inquiries, application questions, and/or to schedule a tour, contact:
- Graduate Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Art and Art History
University of Colorado, 318 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0318
General email: email@example.com
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